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Man shot in torso in Texarkana dies; suspect's charges upgraded

Christopher Basham, 34
Christopher Basham, 34(Miller County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 5:27 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2021 at 12:58 PM CST
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MILLER COUNTY, Ark. (KSLA) - Miller County deputies responded to reports of a shooting just after 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9.

The incident occurred in the 7900 block of Line Ferry Road.

Upon arrival, deputies found Donald Hayworth Jr., 38, suffering from a gunshot to the torso. He was transported to St. Michael Hospital, where he underwent surgery for his injuries. Officials say he died Tuesday, Dec. 14.

According to witnesses, Hayworth had been involved in an argument with Chris Basham, 34. During the argument, Hayworth was allegedly armed with a bat, and Basham allegedly had a shotgun and fired at Hayworth. Basham left the scene before MCSO deputies arrived.

Basham spoke with deputies over the phone and agreed to meet investigators at the Miller County Sheriff’s Office. Based on evidence collected by investigators, Basham was arrested and booked into the Miller County Detention Center on a charge of battery in the first-degree. A weapon believed to be involved in the incident was also recovered. On Dec. 15, Basham was booked on a new charge of first-degree murder and two counts of terroristic act.

Basham was previously released on a bond of $250,000, but has since been taken back into custody. He remains jailed at the Miller County Detention Center pending arraignment for his new charges.

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